Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature

Evolutionary Herbalism: Science, Spirituality, and Medicine from the Heart of Nature


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Weaving together herbal and medical traditions from around the world into a singular cohesive model, this groundbreaking book guides herbal practitioners to a comprehensive understanding of the practice and philosophy of healing with herbs.

Sajah Popham presents an innovative approach to herbalism that considers the holistic relationship among plants, humans, and the underlying archetypal patterns in Nature. Organized in five parts moving from the microcosmic to the universal, this work explores a unique integration of clinical herbalism, Ayurveda, medical astrology, spagyric alchemy, and medical and esoteric traditions from across the world into a truly holistic system of plant medicine. A balance of the heart and the mind, the science and spirit of people and plants, Evolutionary Herbalism provides a holistic context for how plants can be used for transformational levels of healing for the body, spirit, and soul. For both the student herbalist and experienced practitioner, Popham's original perspectives guide readers to a more intimate, synergistic, and intuitive relationship with the plant kingdom, people, and Nature as a whole.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781623173135
Publisher: North Atlantic Books
Publication date: 04/30/2019
Pages: 544
Sales rank: 148,175
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

SAJAH POPHAM’s mission is to create a new paradigm of plant medicine based on the synergy of herbal traditions from across the world with modern science and spirituality. His approach is to work with plants to not just heal the body, but to attend to our psychological, emotional, and spiritual health–using plants to facilitate the soul’s evolution. Popham is the founder of the School of Evolutionary Herbalism, where he trains herbalists in the practice of transformational healing through the integration of clinical herbalism, medical astrology, and spagyric alchemy. He is also the founder of Organic Unity Spagyrics, a practitioner-grade spagyric herbal product line specializing in traditional alchemical extracts used by herbalists, doctors, and naturopaths around the world. He lives with his wife, Whitney, on their homestead in the forests and mountains of the Pacific Northwest. To follow Sajah and Whitney’s work, visit www.evolutionaryherbalism.com and their podcast, The Plant Path.

Table of Contents

Dedication vii

Foreword xiii

Acknowledgments xvii

Introduction: Ancient Teachings for a New Paradigm of Plant Medicine 1

Part I The Light of Nature

1 Natura Sophia 23

2 Gnosis Cardiaca 35

3 Synderesis Botanica 57

Part II Energetic Architecture

4 The Cosmology of Nature 85

5 The Five Elements 109

6 The Three Principles 125

7 The Seven Planets 145

Part III Universal Herbalism

8 The Principles of Vitalism 163

9 The Holistic Person 177

10 The Elemental Human 201

11 The Triune Human 223

12 The Celestial Human 229

13 The Holistic Plant 263

14 The Elemental Plant 293

15 The Triune Plant 319

16 The Celestial Plant 329

17 The Energetic Architecture of People and Plants 369

Part IV Transformational Medicine

18 Therapeutic Strategies: Tending the Inner Cosmos 385

19 Spagyrics: The Art of Spiritual Pharmacy 401

20 Initiatic Medicine and the Archetypal Landscape 445

Part V Know Thyself

21 From Trauma to Transformation 475

22 Walking the Plant Path through the Inner Forest 483

Notes 489

Index 499

About The Author 523

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